Warren County Historical Society Presents …
The Digital Version “REWIND”
April 1, 2016
An aerial view of the New York Pavilion.
A STEP BACK IN TIME – WARREN COUNTY
AND THE WORLD’S FAIR: 1964-1965
The year was 1964. The World’s Fair opened that year in Flushing in New York City. The counties around New York State were invited to participate in the event. July 26 and 27, 1964 were the days which Warren County was assigned to strut their “stuff,” and strut they did.
On Saturday morning, July 24, 1964, an entourage of entertainers and good will ambassadors left from City Hall in Glens Falls for New York City on three buses. The World’s Fair sought non-professional performing groups to entertain people who came from around the world, each county being assigned specific times.
Joseph P. Fiore of Glens Falls headed the delegation as Warren County Days Chairman. Assisting him were Mrs. Hilda Foote, Director of Publicity for Warren County, Mrs. Howard Nason, a member of the committee, and Assemblyman Richard J. Bartlett. Members of the Warren County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol also were in attendance both days.
Members of the Myrna Chapman Tabor Dance Studio performed at the Fair. In the above photograph, dancers who participated included (front row, l to r): Lesley Ives, Ann Marie Ring, Mary Ann Ross, Lesley Matte, Barbara Beyerbach, Jaclyn Brilling, Kathy Johnson, and Connie Allen; Middle Row: Myrna Chapman Tabor (director), Darla Whittemore, Sandra Hill, Nancy Ryan, Patricia Branagan, Linda Manchester, Sally Oudekerk, Nancy Schiavi, and Debra Secunda; Back Row: Virginia Hammond, Stephany Waite, Kathy Kelly, Donna Marie Hall, Bonnie Allen, Judy Prosser, Elaine Lockwood, and Janet Kelly.
Members of the Myrna Chapman Tabor Dance Studio performed at the Fair. In the above photograph, dancers from the Chapman Dance Studio who participated in the Fair event included (front row, left to right: Lesley Ives, Ann Marie Ring, Mary Ann Ross, Lesley Matte, Barbara Beyerbach, Jaclyn Brilling, Kathy Johnson, and Connie Allen.
Middle row: Myrna Chapman Tabor (director), Darla Whittemore, Sandra Hill, Nancy Ryan, Patricia Branagan, Linda Manchester, Sally Oudekerk, Nancy Schiavi, and Debra Secunda.
Top row: Virginia Hammond, Stephaney Waite, Kathy Kelly, Donna Marie Hall, Bonnie Allen, Jody Prosser, Elaine Lockwood, and Janet Kelly.
The entertainment from Warren County included local Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow , Lodge 48; The Shooting Hubbells from Lake Luzerne; a group from the Glens Falls Operetta Club; dancers from the M yrna Chapman Tabor dance studio; Miss Jean (Rennie) Hayden, ‘Miss Adirondack’ – a folksinger; the Fafard Ensemble, a local musical group; and The Merry Mohicans, a square dance group.
Each of the performers presented a program three times each day. The scouts performed intricate Native American dances, dressed in colorful costumes with feathers, bells and makeup.
The Boy Scouts out of costume. Members of the Wakpominee Lodge 48, Order of the Arrow, are shown at the New York World’s Fair. Seated in the front row, left to right are Richard Myette, David Wilson, and Philip Henry. In the middle row are Edward LaFave,- advisor, Richard Fosbrook, Duane Anderson, Herbert Smith, Greg Cap, Brian Lee, and John K. Bright – tour advisor. In the back row are Lloyd Derby, William Lamy, Kenneth Anderson, and Michael Scary.
Eunice Hubbell performed rope and bullwhip tricks with her assistant, Mamie Anstell. Using an Australian bullwhip, Mrs. Hubbell cut various paper targets with her whip as they were held by Miss Anstell. The Hubbells came to the area to perform at the local dude ranches and loved the area so much, they decided to make their home here.
The group of singers from the Glens Falls Operetta Club “offered several spirited renditions of several hit musicals” (according to The Post Star), and twenty-six girls from the Chapman Tabor Dance Studio performed several routines for the crowd.
Members of the Glens Falls Operetta Club participated at the Fair. Pictured left to right, Mrs. Marilyn Doty, Mrs. Catherine Gericke, Jack DeCrescente, Joseph Fiore – Chairman of the Warren County Days, David Otoupal, Mrs. Jane Otoupal, Mrs. Patricia Bittinger (accompanist), and Mrs. Peggy Hagan.
The Merry Mohicans offered a program of modern Western square dances, while the Fafard Ensemble presented original selections by Bert Fafard.
Pictured are the Merry Mohicans who participated in the 1964 Warren County Days. Left to right are Mr. & Mrs. George Van Vranken, Mr. & Mrs. John Oudekerk, Mr. & Mrs. Lyle Trowbridge, and Mr. & Mrs. Carl Laats.
Miss Hayden, who won the “Miss Adirondack 1964” title played folk songs and accompanied herself of the guitar. She also was the third runner-up in the Miss New York State contest that year.
Crowds of ‘capacity proportions’ greeted the entertainers at the New York State Pavilion. Officials declared the two-day production ‘one of the most successful yet offered by any county.’ (The Post Star)
The Warren County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol was in attendance and were good-will ambassadors who helped hand out the tourism brochures.
The New York State Pavilion was the Tent of Tomorrow. It was a huge, colorful, elliptical structure with sixteen concrete, hundred foot columns supporting a colorful plastic roof larger than a football field. Also parts of the New York State Pavilion were three observation towers, one of which was the tallest structure at the Fair.
Members of the Committee for Warren County Days at the New York World’s Fair for 1964 included Joseph P. Fiore, general chairman, and the following:
Robert Flacke – President of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and President of the Fort William Henry Corp;
Donald A. Metevier – member of the editorial staff of ‘The Glens Falls Times’;
Arthur Brewer – Lake Luzerne funeral director and member of the Lake Luzerne Chamber of Commerce;
Robert Hall – Editor and publisher of the Lake George-Warrensburg News;
Donald Lavine – News director of radio station WWSC; and
Mrs. Marilyn Nason – member of the editorial staff of ‘The Post Star’ and president of the Glens Falls Woman’s Civic Club.
WARREN COUNTY DAYS AT THE NEW YORK STATE PAVILION,
NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR, 1965
In 1965, the World’s Fair declared July 11 and 12, 1965 as Warren County Days. Joseph P. Fiore again chaired the committee, and he was assisted by Mrs. Howard Nason, Donald Metivier, Ralph Romano, Robert Flacke, Paul J. Matte, William Feigenbaum, Arthur Brewer, Robert Hall, Mrs. Carly D. Merrill, Mrs. Hilda Foote, Mrs. Nancy D. Pirman, and Mrs. Joan Hague.
Performers this time included: The Warrensburg Rondackers, a group specializing in folk music; The Merry Mohicans, the same square dancing group; The Four Dynamics, a local barber shop quartet; the Mohican Council of the Boy Scouts – back for another year; the Marcabes, a local rock and roll group; The Merrylites vocal group from Lake Luzerne; the Chapman Dancers; and the Glens Falls Operetta Company, both back for a repeat performance; and Bert Fafard alone at the piano this time.
This is the program cover from when the groups performed for local residents before going to the fair in 1965.
This time, the groups performed for the Warren County community. They presented two programs at the Glens Falls Senior High School on June 24th and 25th in an effort to raise money to send the Warren County delegation back to New York City.
If you or your family member were participants at either of the ‘Warren County Days’ at the World’s Fair in 1964 or 1965, we would like to hear from you. You can call the Society’s office on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 743-0734 or the county historian at 761-6544 on Mondays or Wednesdays.
Article prepared by Stan Cianfarano for the Warren County Historical Society.
Photos were from files in the Warren County Historian’s Office and are from The Post Star and the Glens Falls Messenger.
The Warren County Historian’s office has a huge notebook of photos, correspondence, and related material on the two World’s Fair experiences. If you would like to view the material, the office is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 am – 4 pm or by appointment. Call at 761-6544 for information.